FAQ - Deformities
What causes high arches?
About twenty percent of pes cavus (hollow arch) cases are idiopathic, which means the reason for the condition will never be known. Your high arches could simply be the result of heredity—they often run in families. However, they can also be associated with certain bone or nerve conditions, such as spina bifida, cerebral palsy, polio, stroke, muscular dystrophy, or Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease. If your high arches have always been present, and are not causing you pain, they may very likely be hereditary and will not be a serious issue. If only one foot is involved, or if they seem to have gotten worse or more painful, you should contact Aadvanced Foot Care Associates for an appointment. We can evaluate your feet and test for bone abnormalities or nerve conditions to help determine the cause. Give us a call in Flushing at (718) 969-2266, in Plainview at (516) 822-9595, or our main office in Rego Park at (718) 896-4433, and put your foot health in our expert hands.
Is bunion surgery right for me?
Our foot experts can help you decide whether you should have bunion surgery or not. We always try to find non-invasive methods that will give you relief from your pain and enable you to do your normal, daily activities. If, after conservative treatments, you still have severe pain, toe deformity, inflammation, or stiffness, you may want to consider surgery.
We will not do surgery just so you can wear stylish shoes again. Our goal is to relieve your discomfort by getting your toes back into proper position. Surgery always has risks, and the recovery time may take several weeks to several months. If you are tired of chronic pain in your big toe joint, call Aadvanced Foot Care Associates today for answers to all your questions about surgery for your bunions. You can reach us in New York at (718) 896-4433 (Rego Park), (718) 969-2266 (Flushing), or (516) 822-9595 (Plainview), or request an appointment online.
Can I prevent adult acquired flat feet?
If you notice that your feet feel tired or achy and your instep isn’t as defined as it was, your arches may be deteriorating and causing your feet to flatten out. There are a few things you can do to prevent flat feet from forming. The first is to check your weight. Too many pounds put extra pressure on your feet and weaken the arches. Next, check your shoes. Skinny high heels cramp your toes and throw you off balance. You can wear them occasionally for a night out, but for daily wear, opt for shoes with good arch support that keeps your ankle from rolling in.
Custom orthotics, built at our state of the art high-tech lab, may be the best conservative treatment option for your flat feet. Start feeling better fast with our quick turnaround times and personal approach to ending your foot pain. To learn more, call the experts at Aadvanced Foot Care Associates today in Rego Park at (718) 896-4433, in Plainview at (516) 822-9595, and in Flushing at (718) 969-2266.
How do I know if I have a bunion?
In the early stages, you may not be sure. There are many bunion causes, including heredity, an injury, arthritis, or the way you walk, and the deformity usually develops slowly over time. A full-fledged bunion is hard to mistake, though. You will have a large, bony bump on the inside of your foot, and the big toe will lean toward your second toe. The area may become red and tender, and a callus may form where it rubs against your shoe. In fact, you may have trouble finding shoes to fit, and if not treated, bunions can cause swelling and a lot of pain.
It is important to head off this deformity as early as possible. As soon as you notice a bump forming, contact the bunion care experts at Aadvanced Foot Care Associates. They can find out what’s causing the problem and recommend the best treatment for you. Call the Rego Park office at (718) 896-4433, the Plainview one at (516) 822-9595, and the Flushing location at (718) 969-2266.
Can I get rid of hammertoes?
Hammertoe treatment may help with pain and flexibility, but correcting the condition will likely require surgery. When your 2nd, 3rd, or 4th toe bends up at the middle joint, there are many things you can do to keep it from getting worse or stiffening up.
The first thing is to check your shoes. Do they have enough room for your toes to lay flat and wiggle around? There should be at least a half inch between your longest toe and the front edge of your shoe. Heels shouldn’t be too high, either, so they don’t force your toes toward the front of the shoe. You can pad the toe so it doesn’t rub against your footwear and cause a callus or corn. You can also try exercises and stretches to strengthen the muscles of your toes and keep them flexible.
If conservative methods aren’t addressing your hammertoe pain, or you are having difficulty finding shoes and experiencing trouble walking, it’s time to contact Aadvanced Foot Care Associates for a consultation. Call (718) 896-4433 or (516) 822-9595 to set up an appointment, or ask for one on our website.